The PNM Resources Foundation has identified hunger as a key issue, and they are focusing their resources on ending hunger in New Mexico. Since 2009, PNM has been partnering with NMAFB and the National Center for Social Entrepreneurs to provide social enterprise training for smaller communities in New Mexico. The training focuses on building the capacity of organizations with a mission of ending hunger. PNM also provided funding for the creation of the 2010 Hunger Study Executive Summary – a document that will be used for the next four years to make people more aware of the issue of hunger in our state, and the assisted with the cost of creating our new, more user-friendly web site.
Smith’s Food & Drug became a Community Partner in 2010. NMAFB received a large grant from the State of New Mexico to purchase food. Smith’s worked with NMAFB to purchase large quantities of food at their cost and assisted with the acquisition and delivery of more than 12 truckloads of food.
The State of New Mexico has always partnered with NMAFB on the TEFAP program and the Fresh Produce Initiative. In 2010, the state also gave a grant of unspent stimulus funds totaling $950,000 to help New Mexico food banks acquire more food and pay for the fuel to deliver that food across the entire state. That grant resulted in more than 1.5 million pounds of food which will be distributed in 2011.
Walmart worked with NMAFB in 2010 by providing a $100,000 grant to help purchase fresh produce for our member food banks. In addition, NMAFB was the recipient of the Associates Choice Grant for 2010 which resulted in another $100,000 for the Fresh Produce Initiative. That funding is more important than ever as we face rising produce and fuel costs.
These generous partners allow us to continue to expand our efforts to provide access to fresh, healthy food for New Mexicans in need. To learn more about how you can partner in this important mission, please contact us.